10 Sep 2017

Inclusive Civic Expression Lead – Hargeisa


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Job Description

Oxfam is convinced that people have the power to end poverty. All they need is an opportunity. Oxfam is committed to make sure everyone gets that chance. That is why we support local projects in developing countries, why we lobby governments and companies to listen to the poorest people, and why we campaign to involve both men and women in our work. Oxfam is a confederation of 17 organizations that works together to increase the impact of its long term development and humanitarian responses.

The Country Office in Somaliland is currently recruiting for a

Inclusive Civic Expression Lead

National position

Fulltime/ 40 hours a week

1 year contract

Based in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty

Job Purpose

To develop and mobilize resources for the new programme on Inclusive Civic Expression of Oxfam Somalia /Somaliland with specific focus on the participation of women, youth and minorities.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Lead on the programme and project development in the field of Inclusive Civic Expression, defining a focus and approach that is cutting edge and is building on Oxfam’s added value in Somalia / Somaliland.
  • Act as thought leader on inclusive citizenship in relevant debates in Oxfam Somalia / Somaliland and position Oxfam as a relevant player in this field.
  • Create a deeper understanding on the aspiration and priorities of marginalized groups, as well as on effective approaches to raise their voice by leading research, participate in exchanges and collect evidence.
  • Engage with relevant donors and mobilize resources for the programme.
  • Build a network with relevant national and international organizations.
  • Responsible for project management, delivery and budget management
  • Act as gender / governance focal point in Oxfam.
  • Supports lobby and advocacy of Oxfam and partners to promote an enabling environment for citizens to raise their voice.
  • Ensure that participation of women and female leadership becomes a spearhead in the new programme.
  • Identify and support innovations, new ideas and approaches to raise the voice of marginalized groups.

Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge


  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; able to understand complex issues and translate them into simple, workable projects and plans
  • Capacity to facilitate discussions amongst different stakeholders on key governance issues relevant to Somalia/Somaliland
  • Ability to support development of strong, credible relationships with international and local NGOs, government associations, business leaders and communities
  • Excellent inter personal communication skills, in written and verbal English, with high impact influencing and persuasive skills. Able to use different approaches to achieve ownership and enthusiasm amongst project partners.
  • Ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through
  • Ability to cultivate knowledge based relations with different stakeholders
  • Ability to think strategically, work creatively, effectively and in an innovative manner
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and those of marginalised people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work in Somalia/Somaliland.


  • Experience and excellent understanding on the issue of inclusive governance, women’s (political) participation or youth active citizenship or other related area.
  • Strong capacity to develop programmes and project proposals together with relevant stakeholders
  • Knowledge on the sector and skills to take a leadership position in the debate.
  • Capacity to build networks and engage people and organizations.
  • Capacity to generate enthusiasm and convince people about new ideas and approaches.
  • Proven capacity to raise funds from institutional and non-traditional donors.
  • Good knowledge lobby, advocacy and communication strategies
  • Entrepreneurial and capacity to work independently on the development of the programme and meet expected results.
  • Self-motivated and able to lead the programme, engage others and create ownership.
  • Good understanding of the decision making in Somali social and political systems.
  • At least 3-5 years experience working on governance, citizen participation and women empowerment.
  • Excellent writing skills.

Application procedure

Please send your application to Somaliajobs@oxfamnovib.nl and include your motivation letter and CV. Insert the job tile on the subject of your application. Your application must be received by Thursday 24thSeptember 2017 at the latest. Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Female applicants are encouraged to apply


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